|Robotic Lander Prototype Test|
NASA successfully completed the final flight in a series of tests of a new robotic lander prototype at the Redstone Test Center's propulsion test facility on the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. Since early October, the Robotic Lander Development Project at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville has subjected the lander prototype to a series of more complex outdoor flight tests maneuvers...
Keywords: Marshall Space Flight Center; robotic lander prototype; Mighty Eagle; US Army Redstone Arsenal
|Robotic Lander Gets Sideways During Test|
During a recent test at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., the robotic lander prototype, known as Mighty Eagle, performed a hover test flying up to three feet and then translated, or moved itself sideways, to perform a controlled, safe landing 13 feet from the launch pad. This is a complex maneuver for the lander to perform accurately since a robotic lander may need to right itself autonomously when it comes in for landing on an airless body or planet with no atmosphere...
Keywords: What -- Moon; NASA; Marshall Space Flight Center; Robotic Lander Prototype; Mighty Eagle